Smiling and Being Nice

Let’s face it. Interacting with teenagers all day can be a source of stress. Some days it’s all we can do to keep a smile on our faces (but we do it anyway). Our Proactive Classroom Management (PCM) strategy this week is a HAPPY one.…

Positive Greetings at the Door

You know that stress of trying to settle your class down after a transition (especially after recess or lunch!)? Well, imagine how less chaotic it would be if your students would magically enter class each period ready to: transition quickly! be…

Intermittent Noncontingent Reinforcement

What do social media addiction, the lure of slot machines, and disruptive classroom behavior have in common? All of them are shaped behaviors caused by the possibility of some type of reinforcement/reward during a seemingly random time period. For those of us…

Communicating Competently with Students

You’re a teacher. You’re in front of an “audience” all day. You know that being an effective communicator is a must-have skill. It’s a skill that helps you convey meaning, clarify questions, and helps you deliver appropriate correction and praise.…

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Pre-Correction

If you’ve ever gone to the supermarket with a toddler in tow, you probably know the art of pre-correction. Anticipating the possibility of a bored or tired child acting out, you come prepared!  You might think ahead to bring along toys, snacks, music,…

Teach, Model, and Reinforce Expectations

Are you noticing a gap between your expectations and students’ classroom behavior? Is that gap widening as the year goes along? If so, it might be time to revisit PCM #9 Teach, Model, and Reinforce Behavior Expectations.  Teaching behavior expectations is pretty much…

Transitions are Managed Well

From moving into groups to putting books away to exiting the classroom at the end of the period, successful transitions help your class run like a well-oiled machine.  When transitions in your room are managed well, not only is there…